MSc Legal and Criminological Psychology

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Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

If you want a career in the criminal justice system, then our course gives you the academic criminological and psychological knowledge you need to pursue a career in this exciting field.

We also give you a good grounding for your future through career-enhancing voluntary work and real-world experience, with opportunities to gain work experience in a prison.

Why Choose Cumbria University

We will ensure you have the relevant academic and practical knowledge and awareness of the issues at the forefront of legal and criminological psychology to help you start working towards your career in the criminal justice system or or working with young offenders.

And, thanks to the great links with have with regional and national organisations, charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions - you’ll have plenty of opportunity to boost your CV too.

  • Practical elements to your study through research, case studies and data collection
  • Opportunities to gain additional professional development and accredited qualifications alongside your course, in areas such as psychometrics
  • Taught by academic tutors with forensics, counselling and clinical backgrounds
  • Tutors carry-out pioneering research, which enhances your learning. Plus, it gives you the chance to take part in current research
  • Our excellent links with organisations working alongside the criminal justice system offers you great work experience and job prospects
  • We have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • Opportunity for work experience in prisons, studying alongside prisoners for real-life learning
  • Encouraged to publish your work in our in-house journal
  • Opportunity to learn and mix with students from psychology and social science courses
  • From your base in Carlisle, you’ll be within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­-  in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do

To enhance your studies further, we have a full range of extra-curricular activities for you to take part in, including our psychology film club, enrichment evening and daytime seminars led by local and national experts, research participation and our staff-student conference.

The first-class academic and real-world experience you will gain from workplace opportunities on this course will be highly-desirable to future employers.

Graduate destinations

There are a wide range of careers this degree will be useful for. You could work with the National Crime Agency, prison drug services, the probation service and offender management. Your degree will be well suited for working with victims of domestic violence, as a mentor for young people coming out of prison, and youth offending organisations.

You may also wish to continue your academic career by undertaking a PhD in either criminology or psychology.

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